Totally off the rails: Review of The Commuter by Rashid Irani
The tired, predictable plot barely moves — despite the numerous possibilities afforded by the confined spaces and hurtling speeds of the train.movie reviews Updated: Jan 18, 2018 15:33 IST
- Direction: Jaume Collet-Serra
- Actors: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga
- Rating: 1 / 5
From the amateurishly edited opening sequence to the predictable climax, Liam Neeson’s fourth collaboration with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra (following Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night) is a major letdown.
The actor who reinvented himself as a late-career action hero is put through the paces again. This time, he plays a cop-turned-insurance salesman. While on a train home, the cash-strapped family man (Liam Neeson) is made an offer he can’t refuse. A mysterious woman (the estimable Vera Farmiga, underutilised) wants him to identify a commuter whom she claims ‘doesn’t belong on this train’. The reward, a cool $100,000.
The Hitchcockian stranger-on-a-train premise is squandered on lapses in logic and generic close-combat skirmishes. Slow-motion shots and endless tracking through the compartments further impede the flow of a deadly-dull narrative.
Worse, the director fails to make effective use of the confined space or hurtling locomotive. Heed the advice of the protagonist and take a bus instead.